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Comment: Re:Price won't come down (Score 1) 138

by dgatwood (#49609683) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

But extracting either from seawater does not really make any sense. Some mid-east countries desalinate so they can pursue idiotic schemes to grow wheat in the desert, when they could just buy wheat for far less. California has a few desalination plants, because of dumb policies that vastly inflate the cost of water to urban consumers, while subsiding the delivery of rainwater to farmers growing rice and cotton in the desert.

Forget rice and cotton. We'd be happy if they'd stop growing alfalfa and almonds in the desert.... With that said, even if we got rid of that problem, eventually California's growing population would still require desalination. The drought simply moves that date closer in many places.

Comment: Do we all owe the janitor credit, too? (Score 1) 152

Were it not for the janitor removing the old papers from his garbage can, his cube/office would have been inundated shortly, causing the whole project to fail. I guess we should credit that janitor with creating a computer revolution, too.

Seriously. The guy was one engineer on a computer system and not part of the BASIC team. How the HELL does anyone conclude from that that we "owe him" credit for anything except participating in the design of an obsolete piece of hardware?

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 1) 196

by Gadget_Guy (#49608199) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

And yet for those people who don't know or care about that reputation, it is still the perfectly good browser as the OP said. It shows all the websites they want (so as far as they care it does adhere to the standards) and they are far more likely to get hacked due to social engineering than any browser hack.

Comment: It's all about the spamvertising (Score 2) 35

Cue the Monty Python skits, 'cause it's all about the spam spam spam spam spam.

Not the content. Not keeping articles current. Not making sure you can share links *outside* Facebook if you so choose.

But spam. Unending, unyielding, inflexible barrages of "advertising".

If they sent out leaflets instead of banner ads, my house would be ceiling deep in the shit, even with AdBlock Plus running.

Comment: Re:Some random CEO passed away? Oh noes! (Score 1) 137

No, it gathered a clickbait post here, so it is fair bait for ridicule.
I'd never heard of him, nor the company.

If the CEO of my former employer, that operates in sort of the same space, but is probably quite a bit larger, were to pass away...I would not expect to read of his demise in here.
But this particular guy is Facebook related, so Dice must genuflect properly.

I fully commiserate with the family and company. But really?

Comment: Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 1) 75

by samkass (#49607139) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

Recently, I noticed that when I picked up a prescription for a (for me new) medication that's mostly used for one purpose, I suddenly got dozens of spam e-mails wanting to "help" me with a particular diagnosis I don't have. And that's the few that went through the double layer spam filter. It was way too pervasive to be a coincidence.

I've been taking moderately special purpose meds off and on for years (the sorts of things you take when you have a bone marrow transplant).

I have NEVER gotten any spam emails as a result (unless you count that "you really need to refill your prescription since you're about to run out of pills, you dolt!" sort that I get as a reminder from the drugstore)....

I don't know if it's the cause here, but if you Google for something, obviously Google's entire value model is to sell that info to advertisers. Likewise if you send or receive gmail about something. Then there's also looking it up on WebMD or another site to find the side effects. I would be a lot more suspicious of online activity "leaking" to spammers than a pharmacy selling it.

Comment: Predictable (Score 4, Insightful) 137

Dude was fat and lead a stressful life. Under these conditions, such things happen.

This is not a slight or an insult, it is a statement of fact about the general lifestyle of Americans like myself: Diet, exercise, and stress reduction, unless you want to go at 45, 50 or 60 (and 60 is the new 45) ...

Comment: Re:Far too expensive for a used car (Score 2) 57

by YrWrstNtmr (#49606751) Attached to: Tesla Adds Used Models To Its Inventory, For Online Purchase
Drivetrain wear. And seat cushions, and pedal surfaces, and all that other stuff that shows wear damage after use.
Yes, they are great cars. But why would I pay $60-70K for a used one, when a new one isn't that much more?

A BMW, $50k new. A few years old, $25k. That works. If that used BMW were $45k...that would NOT work.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.